FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Second Sheehan lax player hits milestone; Rams turn back Hand; Benigni breaks Maloney mile mark

Record-Journal staff

BRANFORD — Allie Ottochian went off for eight goals, including the 100th of her career, on Friday night as the Sheehan girls lacrosse team doubled up Branford, 14-7.

With Ottochian reaching the milestone — it came with 13 minutes left in the game — the Lady Titans now have two 100-goal scorers on the attack. Fellow senior captain Jayna MacKenzie hit the century mark earlier this season.

MacKenzie had six goals on Friday night. Aubrey Monroe was a factor with one assist and nine caused turnovers.

Sheehan now stands at 5-1.

Cheshire 11, Daniel Hand 8: The Rams grabbed the upper hand in this SCC Tier 1 showdown at the Surf Club by ending the first half on a 4-0 run that gave them a 6-4 lead at the break.

Ava Harris continued her season onslaught with four goals and three assists. Alex Lucas tallied three goals and set up a fourth.

Hannah Merritt scored twice for Cheshire, while Leah Black and Lauren Samela added one goal apiece. Audrey Bronson chalked up seven saves in net.

The Rams improved to 6-2 while knocking the Tigers to 4-3.

Southington 16, RHAM 2: The Blue Knights put up 16 goals for a second straight game and stayed unbeaten in the process at 7-0.

Makayla Winegar ran wild for Southington. The junior had a nine-point outing with four goals and five assists.

Auria Mullins also scored four goals. Gabby Castonguay tallied two and dished three assists.

Southington also got three assists from Lilli Doran, two goals from Taylor Foresi and one goal and two assists from Julianne Bade. 

Ella Huard, Nicki Depodesta and Allie Barner each had a goal.


Manchester 6, Wilcox Tech 4: The Wildcats had the tying run on second base in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out when Derek Rascati’s promising line drive up the middle was snagged by the Manchester shortstop and turned into a game-ending double play.

The win gave the Red Hawks of the CCC a  home-and-home sweep of the Wildcats of the CTC. Manchester won 15-3 at Mt. Nebo Field on Wednesday.

The rematch in Meriden was a dandy. Manchester (7-1) built a 5-0 lead by the top of the fourth inning. Wilcox (5-4) got off the mat with three runs in the fourth.

Manchester got one back in the fifth. In the last of the seventh, consecutive base hits by Will Cuadrado, Jack McGovern, Brandon Alvarado and Bobby Herzman pulled Wilcox to within 6-4 before the game-ending DP.

Cuadrado finished 2-for-3. Herzman and Alvarado were 2-for-4, with Alvardo connecting for a RBI triple.

On the hill, Rascati worked the first four innings and took the loss. Herzman, only a freshman, pitched the final three.

Daniel Hand 5, Sheehan 4: The Titans bolted to a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in both the first and second innings, but the Tigers gained the upper hand in this SCC matchup in Wallingford with three runs in the third and two more in the fourth.

Hand returned to Madison at 7-2. Sheehan dipped to 3-4.

The Titans didn’t help themselves with four errors. Offensively, they collected seven hits, led by Tony Sutera’s 3-for-4 performance.


Middletown 179, Platt 215: Medalist Andrew Dunn led the Blue Dragons to the CCC South win at Hunter Golf Course. Platt is 1-2.

Bristol Central 179, Maloney 186: The Spartans stand at 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the CCC South following the divisional setback at Pequabuck Golf Club.

Boys tennis

Guilford 5, Sheehan 2: The Titans got a singles win at No. 4 from Sylvie Karosi and a super-tiebreaker triumph at No. 2 doubles from Vraj Patel and Connor Duffey in the SCC loss to the Grizzlies in Wallingford.

Patel and Duffey took the first set 7-6 (7-3), dropped the second 5-7, then persevered 12-10.

Girls tennis

Lyman Hall 7, Hamden 0: The Trojans signed off on a 2-1 week with the SCC sweep of the Green Dragons at Doolittle Park.

Macy Buccheri had the highlight match at No. 4 singles, winning 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 10-5.

At the top of the card, Gianna Draghi won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 and Sophia Donath triumphed 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2.

Julie Fredricksen pulled out a three-setter at No. 3 singles 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

At doubles, LH was led by a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 1 by Emilie Weir and Emma Jacobs. Amanda Clark and Ava Mirto finished off their win at No. 2 doubles 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Meredith Loughlin and Emma Grindell were 6-4, 6-3 winners at No. 3.

Lyman Hall is now 2-7 and Hamden 5-2.

Cheshire 7, Sacred Heart Academy 0: The Lady Rams improved to 2-4 with the SCC sweep of the host Sharks (4-2) at Hamden Middle School).

Cheshire dominated in singles, giving up just six games behind No. 1 Alex Orlins (6-0, 6-1), No. 2  Anja Josef (6-0, 6-1), No. 3 Asya Tarabar (6-0, 6-2) and No. 4 Eva Curran (6-1, 6-1).

Lila Watkinson and Riley Baldoni teamed for a 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 1 doubles. Julia Hummel and Rachel Goldstein were 6-3, 6-1 winners at No. 2.

The No. 3 match, settled by a pro set, was taken 8-2 by Arya Desai and Lizzy Klem.

Boys volleyball

South Windsor 3, Maloney 1: The Bobcats (2-4) turned back the Spartans (3-3) in a CCC matchup in South Windsor. Game scores were 25-22, 25-8, 16-25 and 25-20.

Xavian Brown and Dev Patel both put down 11 kills, fed by setter Onil Carrion (20 assists).

Brown added four blocks and Patel served three aces. Adnel Torres was good for eight kills.

Southington 3, Conard 1: The Blue Knights prevailed by game scores of 25-15, 25-27, 25-16, 25-18.

Matthew Morgan and Cameron Stanton were the 1-2 punch for Big Blue. Morgan put down 16 kills and Stanton registered 14 set up by Ben Roper, who had 43 assists on the night. Morgan also had 10 digs.

Anthony Cannatelli contributed with a team-high 15 digs and six aces.

Track & field

Platt: The Panthers split a CCC South dual meet this week with host Berlin. The boys team (2-1) prevailed 81-69, while the girls squad (1-1-1) fell 109-40.

The boys were led by triple-winners Brandon Carrion and Antwone Santiago.

Carrion captured the 100 (11.78), the 300 hurdles (47.35) and anchored the 4x100 relay behind Justin Bennett, Marc Bishop and Zyair Coleman (45.72).

Santiago swept the throws, winning the shot at 40 feet, 8¼ inches, the discus at 108-1 and the javelin at 128-4.

Vittorio Church scored the victory in the triple jump at 38 feet, while Sheliq Setzer blazed a 54.41 in the 400.

Church and Setzer also ran on the 4x400, combining with Rayquan Bradshaw and Coleman on a 3:51.32.

Individualy, Coleman collected gold in the 200 (23.69), Jevin Merriam Cividanes won the 110 hurdles (19.14) and Anthony Hernandez took the 1600 (4:58.16).

The Lady Panthers got a pair of first-place performances from Erin Sola in the 100 hurdles (19.07) and pole vault (8-0).

Briggette Vazquez was victorious in the 3200 (13:57.37). Dayanara Gonzalez clocked in at 53.71 to win the 300 hurdles. Gabriana Garcia was first in the shot put (24-6½).

Maloney: Bria Benigni set a new school record in the mile competing in the Championship Race at the Distance Festival at Hall High School.

Benigni ran a 5:05, finishing fourth just two seconds behind winner Olivia Birney of Simsbury, the reigning State Open champ in the 800 and 1600.

Maloney’s Savannah Vasquez was 42nd in the 207-runner field with a time of 5:36.

The boys race featured a field of 346 and was won by Devan Kipyego of Rhode Island in 4:13. Maloney’s Tristyn Barnes ran a 4:55 (134th) and Daren Johnson a 5:12 (210th).


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